NFL Recap – Week 6

Packers v. Rams: Despite scoring just 3 points, the Rams did have some useful fantasy players. Sam Bradford didn’t have a score, and threw for 321 yards, but suffered a high ankle sprain, no good; Steven Jackson had 125 total yards; and Danario Alexander caught 6 balls for 91 yards. But otherwise, it was all Green Bay. A-Rodg had a ho-hum 310 yard, 3 TD day, and Jordy Nelson (2 for 104, TD), Greg Jennings (6 for 82), James Jones (1 for 35, TD), and Donald Driver (3 for 25, TD) all joined in the passing party. The Pack rushing attack was again mediocre, but with their passing game clicking every week with so many weapons, it has not affected their play one bit.

Bills v. Giants: Another wild one at the Meadowlands, er, Metlife Stadium (will there ever be a decent-sounding corporate venue name?). Eli Manning had a nice crisp real life day, but fantasy-wise, disappointed (292 yards, 0 TDs). Hakeem Nicks (4 for 96) and Jake Ballard (5 for 81) led the receivers for NY, while Ahmad Bradshaw had a great day on the ground (104 rushing, 3 TDs, added 26 receiving). For Buffalo, Ryan Fitzpatrick was solid (244 yards, 2 TDs), Stevie Johnson had a TD to save his fantasy day (5 for 39), some guy named Naaman Roosevelt caught 1 pass for a 60 yard TD, and Fred Jackson again tore it up (168 total yards, rushing TD); F-Jax is turning out to be one of the biggest draft day bargains, would be cool if he can keep the magical ride going.

Colts v. Bengals: Speaking of bargains, A.J. Green just keeps rewarding owners who took a chance on him (5 for 51, TD). Jerome Simpson was a nice surprise here too (6 for 101). Andy Dalton only had the 1 TD pass, but still gave you solid yardage (264), while Cedric Benson had a tidy little double-digit rushing day (57 yards, TD). The Colts, well, not much to say here, as per usual. Dallas Clark broke the plane for the first time this year (6 for 53), Donald Brown had a rushing TD to go with 35 yards, and Curtis Painter was not a complete zero (188, TD). Otherwise, stay away if you can – I actually started Reggie Wayne in one league, hoping for a return to normalcy for him, and Delone Carter in a deeper one; awful.

Panthers v. Falcons: Cam Newton’s passing stats were horrid (237 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs), but he also ran for 50 yards and a score. That’s now 13 total TDs in 6 games, not too shabby. Matt Ryan didn’t fare much better through the air (163, TD, rushing TD as well), but Michael Turner was a beast on the ground (139 rushing, 2 TDs) to help negate the woeful passing game for Atlanta. Jonathan Stewart won the Carolina backfield battle this week (48 rushing, TD, 24 receiving).

49ers v. Lions: This battle of two contenders – would never have believed that statement a year ago – turned out the usual fantasy producers. Frank Gore has officially put his first three bad weeks behind him, with three straight 100 yard, 1 TD performances now (141 yards rushing here). No notable passing or receiving stats to report for the rest of SF though. Matt Stafford did his thing (293, 2 TDs), and several receivers benefited from his prolific passing: CJ, of course (6 for 102, but no TD! He’s part-human!), Jahvid Best (6 for 73, 37 rushing), Brandon Pettigrew (8 for 42, TD), and Nate Burleson (4 for 34, TD).

Eagles v. Redskins: If you started anyone but Fred Davis from Washington (6 for 95), you probably are swearing off ‘Skins the rest of the year. John Beck replaced Rex Grossman due to general Rex Grossman-ness on his part (4 INTs), and did rush for TD, so there’s that. For Philly, Vick was useful, with his legs helping big time (237 passing, TD, 54 rushing), and LeSean McCoy kept up his bid for #1 overall pick in 2012 (126 rushing, TD). Jeremy Maclin went over 100 (5 for 101), and Brent Celek had his first worthy game this year (4 for 42, TD), but – unless you were desperate – he probably rode the waiver wire.

Jaguars v. Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall was the star here, stopping all of the bust talk in its tracks (146 rushing, TD). On the other side, MJD almost had 100 yards again (96); he’s a one man team at this point. Ben R. was ok (200 passing, TD), Mike Wallace made the most of his 2 catches (76 yards, TD), and Jason Hill caught a TD for the second straight week, but that’s all folks.

Browns v. Raiders: You would have been pleasantly surprised if you took a flyer on Colt McCoy here in a deep league (215 passing, 2 TDs, but a lost fumble. boo.), while DMC led the way for Oakland (91 rushing, TD). Mohamed Massaquoi had a TD grab (3 for 30), as did TE Alex Smith for Cleveland, and Darrius Heyward-Bey (6 for 82) and Kevin Boss (1 for 35 on a fake punt, TD) had the receiving “highlights” for Oakland, which totaled 187 yards through the air from three “QBs” (one was Shane Leckler on the aforementioned fake punt). Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone, so he’ll be replaced by, gulp, Kyle Boller – or some other schlub – for probably the rest of the year. Peyton Hillis owners, time to panic: he had 6 carries before suffering a hamstring injury.

Texans v. Ravens: Besides Billy Cundiff, it was just Joe Flacco (305 passing, 1 rushing TD) and Rickie Williams (vultured a rushing TD late) on the score sheet for Baltimore. Ray Rice had his usual all-purpose yardage binge (101 rushing, 60 receiving), and Anquan Boldin (8 for 132) and Torey Smith (3 for 84) had very good receiving yardage days. For Houston, Matt Schaub did well considering the D he was facing (220 passing, TD), and Arian Foster had nearly 100 total yards (49 rushing, 52 receiving); Jacoby Jones was this week’s Andre Johnson “replacement” (4 for 76, TD).

Bucs v. Saints: Tampa Bay more than made up for last week’s no-show here, sans LeGarrette Blount no less. Josh Freeman was great (303 passing, 2 TDs), Arrelious Benn (3 for 83) and Preston Parker (2 for 32) caught the TDs, and Earnest Graham filled in admirably in the backfield (109 rushing, 22 receiving). Drew Brees had plenty of yards (383), but only 1 TD to go with 3 INTs. Mark Ingram ran for a TD, but hardly any yards, and Jimmy Graham – who else? – led the receivers in yardage (7 for 124). Marques Colston had his first big game of the year (7 for 118, TD). If he is still on your waiver wire as a forgotten man, go get him!

Cowboys v. Patriots: Nothing on the ground but lots through the air, as expected. Tony Romo was good, but not great (317, TD), while Tom Brady gave you just a bit more production (289, 2 TDs). Jason Witten caught Dallas’ only TD (4 for 48), and Dez Bryant (4 for 78) and Miles Austin put up decent yardage (7 for 74). The duo of Gronkowski (7 for 74) and Hernandez (8 for 68, TD) both provided some punch at TE, while Wes Welker kept up his top WR play (6 for 45, TD), though with his lowest yardage total of the year. Fragile Felix Jones got hurt again, this time a high ankle sprain. Dude can’t stay healthy, and all that pre-season hype seems foolish now.

Bears v. Vikings: Outside of AP – and even he was stuffed mostly – (39 rushing, TD), be happy if you don’t own a Minnesota player. Percy Harvin gave you some love (7 for 78) and you’d be satisfied with that production sadly. It was all Bears otherwise: Jay Cutler (267 passing, 2 TDs), Matt Forte (87 rushing, 36 receiving), and the star of the game Devin Hester (5 for 91, TD receiving, kickoff return for a TD) all were valuable fantasy pieces this week. Donovan McNabb was replaced by Christian Ponder, so looks like the Vikes are officially in rebuilding mode.

Dolphins v. Jets: Not much to report from this offensive slugfest. Mark Sanchez was actually a good start (201 passing, TD, rushing TD), while Shonn Greene (74 rushing) and Reggie Bush (71 rushing, but left with a neck injury) weren’t totally useless on the ground – quite the ringing endorsement. Brandon Marshall led all receivers (6 for 109, TD), and Santonio Holmes gave you double digit production (3 for 63, TD).

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